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How to add a domain in your Microsoft 365 Admin Center? | Step-by-step guide

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Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365, is a powerful suite of cloud-based productivity tools, that has revolutionized the way we work and collaborate. From email and document creation to video conferencing and project management, Microsoft 365 offers a comprehensive set of tools that can help individuals and organizations of all sizes be more productive, efficient, and collaborative.

If you’ve read our previous blog on How to Buy Microsoft 365 from ZNetLive, your next question would be how to add a domain in your Microsoft 365 Admin center?

Why a custom domain? Adding a custom domain can help to give your email and website a more professional look. However, adding a domain can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re not familiar with the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. Fortunately, the process is relatively straightforward once you know what to do.

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of adding a domain to your Microsoft 365 Admin Center, so you can get started with customizing your email and website.

How to Add Domain in Your Microsoft 365 Admin Center?

Configuring the DNS records and assigning users to the domain is one of the most important steps in setting up your Microsoft 365 account.

Important: To perform any functions like adding, modifying, or removing domains, you must have the rights of a Domain Name Administrator or Global Administrator of a Microsoft 365 business or enterprise plan.

Let’s see how it is done.

1. Go to Office.com and click on Admins. This will take you to the Microsoft Admin Center page. (As shown in Figure. 1)

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Figure 1 Microsoft Admin Center

2. Once you are on the admin panel, click on the navigation menu in the top-left corner – and a drop-down will appear, as shown in Figure. 2.

Figure 2 Microsoft Admin Center

3. On the Navigation Menu, Select Settings >> Domains. (You might need to click on the pull-down arrow – to see all options under Settings.)

Figure 3 Microsoft Admin Center – Domains

4. This will bring you to the Domains page. From here, click on the ‘Add Domains’ tab.

Figure 4 Domains List

5. On the Add Domains page, enter the domain you want to set up.

Figure 5 Add a Domain

6. Once you enter the domain name, click on Use this domain button.

Figure 6 Add a Domain

7. Now, on the next screen, you will need to Verify your own domain name. Here, you’ll find three options. In this case, go ahead and select ‘Add a TXT record to the domain’s DNS records’ option and click on ‘Continue’.

Figure 7 Verify Domain

8. Once you click on ‘Continue’ in the previous step, you will see the below screen.

Figure 8 Verify Domain

You’ll need to add the TXT details – like the TXT Name, TXT Value, and TTL in your domain registrar’s or DNS hosting provider’s DNS settings.

Once done, you will have to come back to this page again to Verify the same.

Let’s see how to add a TXT record with your domain registrar. In this case, because ZNetLive is the domain registrar, we have explained the steps accordingly.

9. Go to the ZNetLive member panel to access the DNS setting for the specific domain. For that, Login to manage.znetlive.com/memberp >> My Services >> List Search Services >> Select the domain>> Domain Control Center >> DNS Management

Click on the DNS settings for the domain you want to configure and click on TXT Records.

Figure 9 ZNetLive Admin Panel Screen

10. Click on the Edit button in front of the TXT record you want to edit.

Figure 10 ZNetLive Admin Panel – Edit TXT Records

11. Mention all the details you got from the Microsoft Admin Center and Click on Edit the Records once done to save the changes.

Figure 11 ZNetLive Admin Panel – Edit TXT Records

You will get a message that the record details have been updated successfully. (Like shown below)

Figure 12 ZNetLive Admin Panel – Edit TXT Records

12. Once you save the records in your ZNetLive panel, return to the Microsoft Admin Center’s domain verification page. (Figure. 8). Here, click on Verify. It takes time to verify the domain. Once done, it will take you to the Add DNS records page.

Figure 13 Microsoft Admin Center – Add DNS Records

13. On the DNS records page, there are three types of records that you need to enter – MX Records, CNAME Records, and TXT Records. (as shown below)

Figure 14 Add DNS Records

To proceed, you have to enter all the records, and click on Continue, once done. This will complete the Domain Setup Process (like shown below)

Figure 15 Domain Setup Complete

As the next step, you will have to assign users to this domain. The process of the same is explained below:

Assign Users to the Domain

1. From the Domains list page, select the domain you want to assign users to.

Figure 16 Microsoft Admin Center – Domains List

2. Once you select the domain from the list, go to the navigation menu on the left and click on Home.

Figure 17 Microsoft Admin Center

3. This will open the Home page from where you will be able to see all your services and actions.

Figure 18 Microsoft Admin Center – Home

4. From here, click on Users. The below screen will appear.

Figure 19 Microsoft Admin Center – Users

Select the user you want to modify and click on Edit Username.

5. From here, make the changes in the username as per your requirement and assign the newly created domain from the drop-down.

Figure 20 Microsoft Admin Center – Manage Usernames

Click on Save Changes, once done. You will get a successfully done message like shown below.

Figure 21 Microsoft Admin Center – Username Updated

Hurray! You have now assigned users to the newly configured domain. We hope it was not so difficult.

You can also go through the following video tutorial to understand the process more clearly.

Hope you liked the article. Do let us know via the comments section.

Suggested Reading: How to set up your Microsoft 365 Business email in a few simple steps?

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